Resolution on Regional Collaboration on Social Measures in the Current Economic Downturn

18APPF RES 01

18th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
17-22 January 2010

Resolution on Regional Collaboration on Social Measures in the Current Economic Downturn

APPF18/RES/01

(sponsored by Australia)

Noting that the global financial and economic crisis has resulted in the most severe global recession and the largest fall in world trade flows since the Second World War;

Having regard to the resulting increased unemployment, under-employment, loss of income and intergenerational poverty traps;

Recognizing that women and children are increasingly vulnerable to exploitation, violence, and inadequate access to education and healthcare (such as H1N1 vaccination) in these circumstances;

Reaffirming the need to adhere to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the face of the current challenges;

Noting the importance of regional frameworks and forums which strengthen the Asia-Pacific community and advance common interests;

Welcoming the outcomes of the APEC meetings in November 2009;


RESOLVES TO:

1. Call upon Asia-Pacific parliaments to strengthen national measures and regional cooperation to reduce the enormous human cost of the current financial and economic downturn and to ensure a sustained and cohesive regional recovery;

2. Reaffirm the importance of open and inclusive regional economic architecture directed towards sustainable economic growth and development;

3. Support efforts by member states, multilateral organizations, and nongovernmental organizations to promote regional collaboration and partnerships on measures designed to build human capital and social resilience;

4. Reaffirm the need for regional cooperation to continue humanitarian and development assistance measures;

5. Encourage a renewed regional cohesion in addressing the issues of poverty, hunger and gender inequality and improving access to education, vocational training and retraining, healthcare, and a sustainable environment.



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